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Little Sprouts and the Dao of Parenting

Ancient Chinese Philosophy and the Art of Raising Mindful, Resilient, and Compas sionate Kids
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
WW Norton
 | 
April, 2020
ISBN:
9780393652314
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A philosopher and mother mines classic Daoist texts of Chinese philosophy for wisdom relevant to todays parents.

The ancient Chinese philosopher Mencius compared children to tender sprouts, shaped by soil, sunlight, water, and, importantly, the efforts of patient farmers and gardeners. At times children require our protection, other times we need to take a step back and allow them to grow. Like sprouts, a childs character, tendencies, virtues, and vices are at once observable and ever-changing.

A practical parenting manual, philosophical reflection on the relationship between parent and child, and necessary response to modern stereotypes of Chinese parenting, Little Sprouts reconsiders cultural definitions of success and explores how we might support and nourish young people. Engaging deeply with foundational Daoist and Confucian thinkers, Georgetown philosopher Erin Cline offers accessible, provocative musings on key parenting issuesfrom family rituals to learning and vocation to challenges and disabilitiesand helps us grow into better parents of joyful, fulfilled children.

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